Sept. 15, 2013
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Mizzou soccer team led for much of the match but surrendered three second half goals to fall to the No. 17 Portland Pilots, 3-2, Sunday evening in Portland, Ore. The Tigers fell to 4-4 on the year, while the Pilots improved to 5-1-1.
For the second consecutive game, freshman Melanie Donaldson struck in the second minute to give the Tigers an early 1-0 edge. Following a corner kick, senior Alyssa Diggs received the ball, turned and took a shot that was blocked. The loose ball found the foot of Donaldson, who unleashed a laser into the upper right corner of the net. The tally was Donaldson's third of the year and second in as many games. Diggs was credited with her second assist of the season.
The Pilots began to assert themselves offensively but the Mizzou defense and redshirt junior goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein were up to the challenge. Sauerwein stopped five shots in the first half and came off her line a few times to end the attack before Portland could get a shot off.
Four minutes into the second half, Portland looked to have a clear goal as Sauerwein slipped on the wet turf. But Sophomore Candace Johnson kicked away the attempt from the goal line.
Portland tied it up in the 59th minute as the Pilots executed a counterattack. Portland's Emily Sippel blasted a shot from the top of the box that eluded Sauerwein for a 1-1 game.
In the 77th minute, the Pilots took a 2-1 edge. Sauerwein made a point-blank save on a short shot but the rebound trickled toward the goal line. Mikayla Elmer tapped in the loose ball from one-yard out as the Pilots took the lead.
Six minutes later, Portland added another goal to take a 3-1 lead with less than seven minutes left in the match.
The Tigers cut their deficit to 3-2 with 1:42 left in the match as junior Taylor Grant
notched her team leading fourth tally of the season. Diggs posted her second assist of the game on the play.
Mizzou could not muster a game-tying goal in the final minute for the 3-2 Portland win.
Over the course of the game, Portland had a 25-10 shots advantage, including an 11-5 edge in shots on goal.
Sauerwein made eight saves in goal for the Tigers.
Missouri opens Southeastern Conference action on Friday, Sept. 20 with a match against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at 7 p.m.